PRE SERVICE SONG:  KING OF HEAVEN COME DOWN

WELCOME AND CALL TO WORSHIP

Led by Jonathan Simpson

AllLet the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul. Rescue me from my enemies, O LORD, for I hide myself in you. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground. For your name’s sake. 

Amen.

OPENING HYMN:  PRAISE MY SOUL THE KING OF HEAVEN

PRAYERS OF CONFESSION 

Leader: God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practise the truth.

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin. So let us confess our sins to God, knowing that he is faithful and just, to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

(1 John 1:5-6, 9 ESV)

AllGod, our heavenly Father, you bid us to come into your house to worship you, yet we confess that our hearts are too full of this world.  The cares of the world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the pleasures of this life seduce us and lead us astray from an undistracted devotion to you. Forgive us for treasuring the material over the spiritual, our bodies over our souls, things of time over those of eternity.  Give us grace to heed Your invitation to repent and run again to Jesus, who is our most gracious Lord and only Saviour. 

Amen.

VERSES OF ASSURANCE

Leader: Hear the good news: Christ died for us while we were yet sinners; that proves God’s love toward us.  In the name of Jesus Christ we are forgiven!

All: In the name of Jesus Christ we are forgiven!  Glory to God. 

Amen.

STATEMENT OF FAITH 

Leader: Now let us tell God together that we believe in him:

AllI believe that God is my Father in heaven.   I believe that he made the world, that he gives me life, that he helps me grow.  I believe that Jesus is the Son of God and the Son of Mary.  Jesus shows me that God is love.  Jesus lived and died for me.  Jesus is alive now, alive in me, and in my neighbour.  I believe in the Holy Spirit who helps me love others, who makes me holy, who helps me to know God better.  I believe in God’s family, the church.  I believe that I will be happy with God for ever and ever.

Amen.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

PRAYER BEFORE READING

Almighty God, in you are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.  Open our eyes that we may see the wonders of your Word; and give us grace that we may clearly understand and freely choose the way of your wisdom; through Christ our Lord. 

Amen.

READING: Matthew 5:10-13

10  Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

HYMN: THY WORD IS A LAMP

SERMON

HYMN:  TRUST AND OBEY

PRAYERS

Led by Pam Cuddington

Leader:  Father, we pray for the nations of the world, and for their leaders. We pray especially for our own country, Zimbabwe, for all who have authority or influence.

(open prayers) 

Lord in your mercy

AllHear our prayer.

Leader: Father, we pray for your church throughout the world. We pray especially for your church that meets here at Whitestone Chapel.

(open prayers) 

Lord in your mercy

AllHear our prayer.

Leader: Father, we pray for all those who are in any kind of sickness, trouble or distress. We pray especially for those known to us.

(open prayers)

Lord in your mercy

AllHear our prayer. 

Amen.

 Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name:

 your kingdom come; your will be done on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread, and forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.  

Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. 

For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, now and forever.

Amen.

BENEDICTION

Leader:  Eternal God, Maker of all things and our gracious Father:
AllWe praise you for Your fatherly love which has cherished man throughout the centuries, suffered his follies, rebuked his failures and spared no sacrifice to save him from ignorance, sin and death of the soul.  We thank and praise you for caring for our souls, which placed us within the family of believers, sheltered us in the church, nourished us on Your word and sacraments, and gave us a perfect revelation of Yourself in Jesus Christ Your Son.  To you, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit  be the glory now and forever. 

Amen.

CLOSING HYMN:  BEHOLD OUR GOD

Who has held the oceans in his hands?
Who has numbered every grain of sand?
Kings and nations tremble at his voice
All creation rises to rejoice

Behold our God, seated on his throne
Come, let us adore him
Behold our king, nothing can compare
Come, let us adore him

Who has given counsel to the Lord?
Who can question any of his words?
Who can teach, the one who knows all things?
Who can fathom all his wondrous deeds?

Behold our God, seated on his throne
Come, let us adore him
Behold our king, nothing can compare
Come, let us adore him

Who has felt the nails upon his hands?
Bearing all the guilt of sinful man
God eternal, humbled to the grave
Jesus, Saviour, risen now to reign

Behold our God, seated on his throne
Come, let us adore him
Behold our king, nothing can compare
Come, let us adore him

You will reign forever (let Your glory fill the Earth)
You will reign forever (let Your glory fill the Earth)
You will reign forever (let Your glory fill the Earth)
You will reign forever (let Your glory fill the Earth)

You will reign forever (let Your glory fill the Earth)
You will reign forever (let Your glory fill the Earth)
You will reign forever (let Your glory fill the Earth)
You will reign forever (let Your glory fill-)

Behold our God, seated on his throne
Come, let us adore him
Behold our king, nothing can compare
Come, let us adore

Behold our God, seated on his throne
Come, let us adore him
Behold our king, nothing can compare
Come, let us adore him

Source: Musixmatch

Songwriters: Jonathan Baird / Meghan Baird / Ryan Baird / Stephen Altrogge

Behold Our God lyrics © Sovereign Grace Praise, Pdi Worship

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